BACK ISSUES: Essential Wonder Woman

BACK ISSUES: Essential Wonder Woman

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. This edition we shine the spotlight on one of comics’ most enduring and iconic heroes in honor of her big screen debut; Wonder Woman! Today marks the premiere of DC Entertainment’s “Wonder Woman,” the latest instalment in the DC Entertainment Universe from Warner Brothers, based on DC’s legendary comic…

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BACK ISSUES: Big Space Weirdos – Marvel’s Elders of the Universe

BACK ISSUES: Big Space Weirdos – Marvel’s Elders of the Universe

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. This week sees the opening of the latest film from Marvel Studios, James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the second instalment in the adventures of Marvel’s space-faring band of rascally reprobates. The first film represented Marvel taking a giant step into the cultish and more than…

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BACK ISSUES: Essential Iron Fist

BACK ISSUES: Essential Iron Fist

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Tomorrow, Marvel’s Iron Fist will be released via the studios’ partnership with streaming service Netflix. In honor of the latest Marvel hero to make his debut, today’s column is going to take a look back at over 4 decades of Iron Fist comic book tales and give you…

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BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

BACK ISSUES: Legion, Marvel and Mental Illness

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Last week saw the premiere of Legion, a new FX TV series based on the Marvel character created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz. The series follows David Haller, a mutant currently being treated for schizophrenia as a patient in a psychiatric hospital. Haller is one of the few…

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BACK ISSUES: Marvel’s Secret Empire

BACK ISSUES: Marvel’s Secret Empire

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Last week, Marvel announced that its summer event for 2017 will be called “Secret Empire”, releasing a logo featuring Steve Rogers’ current Captain America shield and a tagline, lifted from a famous Abraham Lincoln quotation, “A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand.” This initial teaser was followed by a…

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BACK ISSUES: Have Yourself A Bonkers Comics Christmas

BACK ISSUES: Have Yourself A Bonkers Comics Christmas

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Before I introduce this edition’s topic, I just wanted to let you all know that Back Issues is moving to a twice-monthly format for the foreseeable future. These columns involve a lot of research, and doing it weekly has just become untenable, so I hope you’ll all continue…

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BACK ISSUES: Thanksgiving Edition: Comics I’m Thankful For

BACK ISSUES: Thanksgiving Edition: Comics I’m Thankful For

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Today is Thanksgiving for all our readers living in the United States, and so for this week’s edition I’m going to be looking at five different comic book stories that I’m thankful for. These may not be the most historic comics of all time, but they each…

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BACK ISSUES: Beyond MJ: The Loves of Peter Parker

BACK ISSUES: Beyond MJ: The Loves of Peter Parker

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Today, the Loves of Peter Parker! Earlier this week, Twitter was abuzz after photos surfaced from the set of new film “Spider-Man: Homecoming” that appeared to show the web-slinger rescuing a red-head, among others. Fans found themselves asking if one of these women could possibly be Mary…

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BACK ISSUES: Super-Weird Superman

BACK ISSUES: Super-Weird Superman

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where each week I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Sometimes the column’s informative, sometimes I hope it’s weighty, and other times I just want to point out how downright bonkers comic book storytelling has been over the decades. This particular column is going to be the latter. Superman is the gold standard when it comes…

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BACK ISSUES: Essential Deathstroke

BACK ISSUES: Essential Deathstroke

Welcome to our new column, “Back Issues,” where each week I’ll examine a character, concept or issue making waves in comics today through issues from the past. I’m hoping this column will remind you of some great stories you’ve always been meaning to read, introduce to classics you’ve never heard of, or even just show you how weird and downright insane some of the stories have been over nearly a century of comic book storytelling….

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